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b. 1971, Brazil

Erika Verzutti Biography

Drawn from both natural and manufactured products, Erika Verzutti's playful sculptures explore the imagery of human reproductive organs, fertility, and procreation. Verzutti works across a spectrum of materials, from bronze, concrete, and aluminium to clay, papier mâché, and paint.

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Ordinary and commonplace objects often take on suggestive and bodily implications in Erika Verzutti's sculptures. In Boyfriend (2014), a pair of ostrich egg shells peek out from underneath a blanket of bronze, calling to mind the image of a couple in bed, or female or male anatomy. In the papier mâché-and-polystyrene Mulher Fruta (2017), on the other hand, two circular forms rest above a triangular body. Individually, their shapes resemble fruits; together, perhaps the curves of a female body.

Verzutti explained her use of fruit shapes in an artist talk held in conjunction with the group exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014), saying that fruits are 'like found objects'. That is, they are universal motifs that anyone can recognise.

In addition to eggs and fruits, Venus is a recurring motif in Verzutti's work. In Venus on Fire (2013), the eponymous Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, and fertility is an anthropomorphic figure with parts inspired by fruits such as pumpkins and sugar-apples. Verzutti's Venus is also partly drawn from the Venus of Willendorf: a Paleolithic fertility figurine depicting a nude woman. In 2019, a large-scale version of Venus on Fire, titled Venus Yogini, was installed outside the Aspen Art Museum.

The swan is another recurring form in Verzutti's work. In her solo exhibition, Swan with Stage, at SculptureCentre, Long Island City, New York (2015), the eponymous centrepiece depicted a white abstraction of a swan, made from Styrofoam, iron, polyurethane, and fibreglass, and acrylic. Cinse com Pincel, from the same year, is another swan form, executed in bronze and plaster and featuring a paintbrush as a readymade component.

Beyond Cinse com Pincel, Erika Verzutti has frequently incorporated painting ephemera, paint, and painterly effects in her sculptural works. Cast in bronze, Two Eyes Two Mouth (2015) is marked by three incisions and cavities in the surface, two of which have been painted in blue and red to evoke eyes and lips, while in Romana (Blue) (2011), the artist has spread a thin layer of blue wax across a tall concrete form.

Erika Verzutti's work also reflects her broad knowledge of Latin American, European, and North American modernist and contemporary art. The erect form in Tarsila com Koons (2015), for example, echoes the waves in the paintings of leading 20th-century Latin American artist Tarsila do Amaral, while the sleek-surfaced blue ball refers to the metal sculptures of American artist Jeff Koons.

Erika Verzutti Solo Exhibitions include:

YEAR, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2020); Mutations/Creations 3, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); Ex Gurus, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2018); Swan, Cucumber, Dinosaur, Pivô, São Paulo (2016); Glory Hole: Beleza Ainda Vital, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo (2016); Mineral, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, New York (2014).

Erika Verzutti Group Exhibitions include:

La lenta explosión de una semilla, OTR Espacio de Arte, Madrid (2020); A Burrice dos Homens, Galerie Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo (2019); A Terceira Margem, Anozero'19—-Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art, Portugal (2019); Wiggle, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (2018); Nightfall, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2018); Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale (2017); 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2020

Erika Verzutti Featured Artworks

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A Era da Inocência Acabou by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiA Era da Inocência Acabou, 2020Acrylic and oil on bronze
30.5 x 29.5 x 4 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
A Guerra do Brasil by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiA Guerra do Brasil, 2020Acrylic and oil on recycled aluminium
63 x 103 x 6 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Espelho by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiEspelho, 2020Bronze and oil
30 x 29 x 3 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Synthetic Fish by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiSynthetic Fish, 2019Papier-mache, unfired clay and wax
73 x 58 x 13 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Young Peacock by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiYoung Peacock, 2018Papier mache, bronze, acrylic paint
95.5 x 59 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Demon by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiDemon, 2018Bronze and oil
53 x 42.5 x 10 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Cooking TV Show by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiCooking TV Show, 2018Papier-mache, polymer clay, ceramic, oil paint
68 x 95 x 14 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Flat Grandpa by Erika Verzutti contemporary artwork
Erika VerzuttiFlat Grandpa, 2017Papier-mâché, polistyrene and concrete
70.5 x 97 x 19.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery

Erika Verzutti Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, AAA – Anthology of Art and Architecture at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, São Paulo
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22 August–10 October 2020 Group Exhibition AAA – Anthology of Art and Architecture Fortes D'Aloia & GabrielSão Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wiggle at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
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6 September–20 October 2018 Group Exhibition Wiggle Galerie Greta MeertBrussels

Erika Verzutti Represented By

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro

Erika Verzutti In Ocula Magazine

Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms: Seven Advisory Selections Ocula Insight Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms: Seven Advisory Selections By Sam Gaskin & Rory Mitchell, London

See eight of the most collectible art works made during a hard but historic year.

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Erika Verzutti In Related Press

Erika Verzutti’s Melancholy New Work Seduces and Repels in Equal Measure Related Press Erika Verzutti’s Melancholy New Work Seduces and Repels in Equal Measure 21 November 2019, Frieze

'Carne Sintética' (Cultured Meat), Erika Verzutti's latest exhibition at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, features a new series comprising 15 bronze, papier-mâché and clay reliefs that conjure an array of chunky, crunchy and creamy-looking foodstuffs, showcasing the artist's technical skill across a range of media.

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Stone Fruit and Paper Insects: Erika Verzutti’s Play with the Soft and the Hard Related Press Stone Fruit and Paper Insects: Erika Verzutti’s Play with the Soft and the Hard 7 March 2019, Frieze

For the past couple of years, the arrival of spring has coincided with the transformation of the Centre Pompidou's South Galleries into a laboratory for experiments at the crossroads of art and new technologies.

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